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Dream and Do Tech Programs
The Breakthrough Technology Fellowship disrupts the racial wealth gap by training New Yorkers with prior programming or computer science experience for competitive roles in a growing industry.
Limited access to resources that foster career readiness and success is an obstacle faced by many young professionals of color. As a response, Restoration has partnered with The Marcy Lab School to launch the Breakthrough Technology Fellowship, a 12-week pilot program designed to train New Yorkers with prior programming or computer science experience for competitive, full-time software engineering roles. The program follows a robust curriculum focused on career fluency, racial identity development, and 1:1 coaching.
Restoration partnered with The Marcy Lab School, another Brooklyn-based non-profit whose founders are POC, to develop and deliver the program. Restoration provided wraparound supports, including financial counseling and referrals to mental health resources, and alumni engagement.
In designing the curriculum, Restoration worked with employers to design a unique tech training offering that is additive to the workforce landscape. We started by interviewing more than 25 professionals at innovation companies who are in positions including recruitment, partnerships, engineering, and external affairs.Employers from companies as diverse as start-ups, financial services, enterprise, mid-size e-commerce, and utilities said definitively that they want to diversify their hiring pipeline at the entry-level.
The Breakthrough Technology Fellowship tested the hypothesis that a gap in leadership skills prevents people with technical skills from getting jobs.
Enrolled from all 5 boroughs.
Completed the program and were job-ready.
Involved in the program (involvement includes: hiring, volunteering, and hosting events).
1. Equal emphasis on technical and leadership development.
2. Direct connection to employers who have dedicated headcount to Breakthrough graduates.
3. High-touch model with intensive 1:1 work with Fellows. Throughout the program, Fellows receive individual coaching that equips them to tackle obstacles inside and outside of the program.
4. Unique curricular components that prepare professionals of color to enter tech workplaces, such as understanding systems of oppression, appreciating that your story matters, and developing language to tell your story in a way that resonates with employers.
5. Industry mentors work with Fellows during the program and for at least 3 months on the job.
Restoration and Marcy Lab Schools are Currently Recruting for our 2022 Cohort. The program will be a year-long program, recruiting from previously untapped groups such as NYCHA residents and AA grads from CUNY colleges. We will continue to integrate Restoration wraparound services and build out structured programming for alumni.
Marcy Lab student
"Shortly before my first coding bootcamp ended, COVID hit New York, which made my job search much more difficult. With job offerings drying up and traditional networking tactics being almost impossible, I focused on looking for programs with the right expertise and relationships to help me launch a career. By the end of the coding courses and professional development lessons, I plan on being able to market my skills and my story to potential employers more effectively."
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